Niki D'Andrea, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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“Well Living Lab researchers have studied a variety of factors that impact health in indoor environments, including air quality, light, biophilia and more,” executive director Barbara Spurrier says. Here are five ways to maximize such factors at home: 1. Get some air. Open windows and sliding glass doors allow fresh air to flow throughout your home. 2. Let there be light. Pull aside those window curtains and let the sunshine in. 3. Connect with nature....

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Is that some swinging 1960s elevator music in your pocket, or are you just listening to Moonlight Magic on your smart phone? The Phoenix-based band’s blend of bossa nova, lounge music and art pop make it the perfect sonic garnish for the cultural cocktail kick-off of Arizona Tiki Oasis (aztikioasis.com), taking over Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale April 22-25. The instrumental quartet will perform at the event’s Meet & Mingle Pop-Up Art Show from 6-9...

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Anyone who’s ever cringed at the sound of nails on a chalkboard knows that sound can induce physical sensations – thankfully, they don’t have to be negative feelings. Practitioners of sound healing believe soundwaves can restore balance to one’s body and mind, and they’ve got the gongs to demonstrate. Seekers of such aural bliss could take some notes from the free virtual gong baths conducted by local wellness business Nicole Anne Yoga.  All they need...

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Get the buzz on the bees of the desert and learn all about a website built for nature nerds in two virtual events hosted by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum this month. On Wednesday, April 7, University of Arizona doctoral student Kathryn Busby will share her knowledge of the state’s variety of bees, which are the most diverse on Earth. Learn about thousands of bee species here beyond bumble bees and honey bees, and hear about...

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Do you believe in magick? Local astrologer and “elemental practitioner” Tanja (just Tanja) does, and she’ll share her beliefs and knowledge of the metaphysical in a series of online classes called “Introduction to Hoodoo and Folk Magick” starting in April. The roots of hoodoo were planted by African American slaves in the U.S. in the 1800s, and it has grown into a broad system of spiritual practices and beliefs with bases in various traditional African...

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Photo courtesy Miss Africa Arizona 2021   Women from Africa who are studying in the United States face many challenges, including inequity in educational opportunities and healthcare. The Miss Africa Arizona cultural education scholarship program helps ease some of those burdens so students can pursue their dreams of creating positive changes in policy and perception. More than eight African countries will be represented in this year’s Miss Africa Arizona Pageant, including Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya,...

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Photo courtesy Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing   Revenge is a major motif in literature. Readers often delight in seeing their favorite protagonists vindicated – but how do writers use the idea of revenge to propel their stories forward and motivate their characters? How can that be done in a socially responsible way? Tempe-based writer Gionni Ponce will explore answers to these questions and more during a “Write Here, Write Now” workshop titled...

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Ansel Adams’ iconic photographs of the American West are among the most influential and memorable images of the natural environment, especially his National Parks photography from the 1940s. But his early photos shed light on his artistic development and his larger body of work, says Adams scholar Dr. Rebecca A. Senf, chief curator for the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona and author of the book Making a Photographer: The Early Work...

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Gather with more than 300 Native American artists from more than 75 tribal affiliations – virtually, that is – during the 63rd Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market. Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, March 5 and continuing through 4 p.m. Sunday, March 7, visitors to the virtual festival can watch dance performances, listen to playlists of music by indigenous artists (courtesy of Tempe-based Canyon Records), and peruse paintings, baskets, jewelry, pottery, textiles, sculptures and...

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Dinosaurs, filmmaking, deep-sea dwellers and the migration of women – these topics will be explored in entertaining depth during the National Geographic Live Speaker Series. The events typically take place at Mesa Arts Center but will be online this year – which makes it no less exciting, says Randall Vogel, assistant director of Mesa Arts Center. “We’re excited to be part of such an inspiring speaker series,” he said. “National Geographic Live continues to make...

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Travel the world to hear the music of Johann Sebastian Bach this month – virtually, of course. Featuring concerts in Poland, Minnesota and New Mexico, the 2021 Arizona Bach Festival brings the Baroque composer’s works to digital devices with a trio of performances by renowned classical music artists. First up: organist Aaron David Miller, who injects his passionate organ recital with wit and commentary that displays his absolute unashamed adoration for the instrument. You might...

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You might not be able to safely embrace your Valentine this year or go out on the town, but there are some pretty sweet activities you can enjoy virtually around Arizona. Not coupling this Valentine’s Day? No sweat – these online events are just as sweet for solo flyers. And they cost a lot less than a typical V-Day extravaganza – some are even free. Free Cooking Class Scottsdale-based real estate group The Rider Elite...

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Brains and booze meet again in this year’s A Sip of Science events. The spirited speaker series from the Biodesign Institute at ASU, which combines expertise on topics like viruses and plastic pollution with small bites and thematic cocktails, was previously held at various venues around the Valley. The three-part series will be completely virtual this spring, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Which brings us to the first topic in the series, “Innovating in the...

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